Deborah Erwin

Confronting CancerSAR Press PublicationConfronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy, and AnthropologyIn this book, anthropologists examine the lived experiences of individuals confronting cancer and reveal the social context in which prevention and treatment may succeed or fail.
2006, April 30–May 4
Advanced SeminarCultural Perspectives on Cancer: From Metaphor to AdvocacyFrom expressions such as “the war on cancer” to “poverty as a cancerous blight,” cancer is steeped in metaphors. Anthropologists have spent the last few decades both creating and explicating these metaphors. Their work has examined cancer symbols and etiologies, concepts of risk, prevention and detection, treatment and healing, communication practices, the role of gender, and science's ability to progress in finding cancer genes, to name a few.

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